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Buffalo signs free agent tight end Lee Smith for second stint with Bills


A couple of weeks after drafting a pair of tight ends, Buffalo signed Lee Smith to a three-year contract on Monday morning – their third tight end in free agency.

Smith, 31, will be starting his second stint with the Bills. He previously played for Buffalo from 2011-2014 appearing in 56 games, making 18 starts. He had 20 receptions for 144 yards and three touchdowns over that span.

He signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders in the 2015 offseason, where he would play the next four seasons. But after his contract expired he was not re-signed by the club making him a free agent.

Smith is a powerful in-line blocker with an edge to his game. He's also capable of working in the short to intermediate areas as an outlet in the passing game.

He joins a suddenly crowded tight end room that has Jason Croom, Tyler Kroft and rookies Dawson Know and Tommy Sweeney.

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